EAST ST. LOUIS — An East Alton man was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Jerry D. Roof, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David R. Herndon, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release.
According to court documents, in January 2014, Roof’s probation officer found him in possession of a firearm at his residence in violation of his probation and federal law. As a convicted felon, Roof could not lawfully possess a firearm. Roof was charged in federal court in East St. Louis and pleaded guilty.
“My office remains committed to prosecuting felons who illegally arm themselves with firearms,” Wigginton said. “A sentence like this one sends a strong, clear message: If you’re a convicted felon, you simply cannot have a gun. Period.”
There is no parole in the federal prison system. In addition to the prison sentence, Herndon sentenced Roof to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a $300 fine as well as $100 in court fees.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County Probation Department investigated the case with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica A. Stump prosecuted the case.